How I use transparency during development

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Dec 2, 2015   ⋅   Menlo Park, CA

Short hint on how transparency in Terminal can be useful while working on web stuff.

The 13” MacBook Air isn’t a perfect development environment, yet I still need to do some work done outside of the house. I’ve been experimenting around and that’s what I’ve came up with:

In the background you have a Web browser with middleman-livereload. Each time I make a small source code change in Vim and save a file, the live-reload updates the site in the background. We could call it “real-time”. The advantage of this method is that you can use it without any special configuration: default Terminal in MacOSX or Xterm client being able to display transparency will work. And you must have some environment for web development where Livereload works. Transparency I have isn’t shown percentage-wise, but it’s set to around ⅓:

I’d like to hear how you deal with web editing with smaller screen real-estate.

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me